The Manitoba Human Rights Commission has found that a young man was sexually harassed by his older female boss at a Winnipeg oil change outlet.
As well, MHRC adjudicator Lawrence Pinsky found that the company "did not take reasonable steps to deal with the problem".
But while Pinsky ordered that the man, who was 21 at the time of the harassment by his then 41-year-old boss, should be granted $3,500 in damages for "injury to dignity, feelings or self-respect", he ordered the award be returned by ordering the man to pay some of the costs of the hearing because he had misrepresented the complaint and lied throughout the process.
In the 70-page decision released today, the adjudicator also ordered the harasser, as well as all managers, assistant managers and executives working for the oil change outlet, to go to an educational seminar about workplace harassment within three months of the decision.
And Pinsky ordered that the company had to come up with a written sexual harassment policy approved by the MHRC.
The MHRC’s Azim Jiwa, in a statement, said "protections from sexual harassment exist even if you are a troubled person.
"We are, however, somewhat perplexed that an award of costs was used to offset compensation for injury to the complainant’s dignity because of the harassment."